The second stage of the Tour of Sicily (2.1) ended in the first GC battle between the contenders for the victory on the final climb towards Caltanissetta, which was divided in two parts. Once the last survivor of the early breakaway of nine riders was caught with 8 kilometer to go, several riders accelerated in the peloton on the first part of the climb (5.4km at 5%).
On large roads and confronted with the wind, the breakaway attempts failed one by one, while the climbers of the Belgian World Team maintained their position in front of the peloton. Louis Meintjes, Georg Zimmermann and Domenico Pozzovivo, who was hindered by a crash, were among the thirty riders descending together towards the final kilometer (5.2%).
At the end of this explosive final, Pozzovivo took third place behind Damiano Caruso and Vincenzo Nibali. The 39 year old climber is also third in the provisional general classification after this second stage. South-African climber Louis Meintjes is currently twelfth after today’s fourteenth place.